Using Drama to Break Down the Barriers in Language, Culture, and Communication

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Concept by: Marisol Santana

In the symbolic city of Berlin, teachers will learn to break down the barriers of communication and culture between themselves, their students and society by practicing dramatic activities tailored to address their specific identified issues of cultural differences, disunity and disconnection within the classroom.

As classrooms are increasingly getting more diverse, teachers need approaches to bridge the gaps in language, culture, and communication. Drama can be the universal language to engage immigrant students who may need help assimilating to a new culture and language. Drama develops empathy, tolerance, and opens up perspectives about the world, our differences and the human condition.  

Participants will learn various drama methodologies such as Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a Theatre for Mutual Understanding, and Theatre for Social Justice; as well as other conflict resolution techniques such as Active Listening to increase better relations between people of different cultures. 

Teachers will learn how to create a safe, engaging classroom that is conducive to open-hearted collaboration with students of all ages, cultures, economic statuses and nationalities. 

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  
  • Incorporate drama methodologies to deal with issues in language, communication, culture, or societal barriers within their specific populations. 
  • Build a safe engaging classroom environment that is conducive to tolerance, acceptance, and welcoming of differences, and intercultural collaboration.
  • Increase dialogue about social issues using drama techniques learned.  
  • Encourage deep listening with their students as conflict resolution skills are developed. 
  • Integrate drama and conflict resolution methodologies into their lesson plans and curriculum. 

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, Educational guides and counsellors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Berlin

  • 16-21 December 2019
  • 20-25 January 2020
  • 17-22 February 2020
  • 16-21 March 2020
  • 20-25 April 2020
  • 18-23 May 2020
  • 15-20 June 2020
  • 20-25 July 2020
  • 27 July - 1 August 2020
  • 17-22 August 2020
  • 21-26 September 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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